The breaststroke is possibly the most popular recreational stroke. The reason is its simplicity and low cost it has on energy. It is popular for beginners because you can keep your head out of the water and still swim efficiently, unlike the other strokes. All these are reasons why it’s one of the first strokes a beginner will learn. The breaststroke is comprised of 4 different steps.
In this position you start in a streamline with your arms extended outwards, legs tight together, entire body straight. Begin by rotating the palms of your hands outwards and separating your arms to form a Y shape with your body. Move your hands backwards and downwards while flexing your elbows
Start the kick by bringing both feet up towards your buttocks, bringing your knees outward to make this possible. When your feet reach your buttocks kick. Propulse your body through the water by kicking your legs backwards and outwards.
Once your hands are outside of your shoulders they begin to come back towards each other where they will meet under your chest. At this point, your head and shoulders are coming out of the water. When your hands met below your chest they should be touching palm to palm, this is the part where your head is highest where you can breathe.
After your legs have performed the kick, bring them back together, toes pointed. Slice your hands through the water and extend them straight forward with your hands overlapping each other. Make your body flat, and glide through the water like this for as long as you can.
Tips And Tricks For Swimming Breaststroke
- You can practice the proper arm movement by using a buoy between your practice bringing your arms all the way from the forward extension to your armpits, and back out again.
- Practice the frog kick with a kickboard to really nail the stroke
- Don’t keep your head pointed forward the entire time
- Don’t pull your arms before the kick has finished, and vice Versa
- Avoid having your butt too high or your stomach too low